The Business Spa was founded by Cathy Dunbabin, a self-confessed people person and serial entrepreneur. She set up The Business Spa because she could see how much knowledge and motivation she drew from spending time with aspirational business people; learning from them, working with them and celebrating their successes – but also that many business owners and managers don’t often get the chance to step away from their business, and invest in themselves.
In 2021, Cathy stepped away from the daily running of the Business Spa and handed over to Sharon Strickland-Clark, the Business Spa Associate for the Oxford branch.
Sharon has her own business coaching practice, supporting business owners to grow robust, ethical and successful businesses and teams, and helping them develop into the kind of leader they really want to be, with the confidence that they no longer have to worry about burn-out or overwhelm. They learn to overcome the interfering voices of sabotage and inner critic and get clarity on their vision for their future. By keeping the focus on their business values, they become driven by their passion to make a difference in the world and create a working environment that is both rewarding and fun.
Sharon believes that business owners have the potential to evolve into leaders capable of making the global transformations that our generation and future ones need. She has a passion and a mission to build an inspiring community of business owners, and to create a unique place where connection and collaboration are fundamental to the success of their businesses; and she is excited to be supporting our expert mentors in doing what they do best, and making a difference to others.
How does the Business Spa work?
It’s called The Business Spa because much like a trip to a day spa it’s indulgent and rejuvenating and you will definitely leave feeling re-energised and focused on success. Instead of massages and pedicures at The Business Spa our treatments are all focused on helping you and your business grow and flourish.
You’ll experience professional development delivered by experts in their field and successful entrepreneurs and business owners in their own right. We provide opportunities for goal setting and objective planning as well as opportunities to share experiences, bounce ideas around and discuss challenging issues in a trusted environment.
As well as influential guest speakers, The Business Spa has a team of experts that contribute regularly and offer additional support. Our business development mentor team includes experts in marketing, sales, finance, networking, social media, business coaching and more…
What does a session at The Business Spa look like?
Each month our two meetings are divided into key areas each designed to help you grow and develop your business acumen and to inspire you with ideas to help your business flourish.
A chance for members to showcase their business and practice their pitch, it’s not just show and tell either, there are sessions dedicated to refining your presentations and masterminding the development of your projects.
Open Spa is our Guest Event that is held at on the first Tuesday of each month. At this meeting we hear from some of our favourite entrepreneurs who share stories of their business journeys, present their solutions to common landmark moments, and offer support and guidance in their area of expertise. Their stories are honestly told, full of pearls of wisdom. They talk of the highs, the lows and the lessons learned when building a successful business.
Virtual Spa is our Members Meeting an is held on the second Tuesday of the month. With the help of our expert speakers we explore a range of business topics and get down to the real work of applying the training to your business. By developing your business skills, improving your understanding and knowledge you will benefit both personal and professionally.
In our virtual twice monthly accountability sessions we focus on what we each want to achieve over the next month, quarter and year. Working together as a whole and in small ‘buddy’ groups we create an environment of productivity and success to enable you to reach your goals. These sessions help you stay on your path to business success.
In these sessions, members bring issues, ideas and challenges and have them explored in a trusted environment. We examine the detail, offer creative suggestions and motivate you to see you through to completion.
Obviously, this is all supplemented with lots of lovely tea, coffee, and, for our members, a tasty lunch!
The Nitty Gritty...
We meet on the first and third week of the month.
Open Spa (1st of month) starts at 9.15am for coffee with a 9.30am kick off, members only lunch and afternoon workshop ends at 2pm.
Virtual Spa (3rd of month) starts at 9.30am until 12pm (1pm for Pure Spa members)
Joining Fee – £35
Single Membership – £125 per month (Pure Spa); £225 per month (Indulgent Spa); or £55 per month (Simply Spa) – see Membership page for more details
Executive Membership – £95 per month single or £142.50 per month joint.
In addition, Venue Fees are £30 per person per month.
Please Note – Joint members, who must work in the same business, receive a 50% discount on the second monthly membership fee. There is no VAT payable on any fees.